Osun govt releases N19.8bn for settlement of salary, pension arrears

Osun govt releases N19.8bn for settlement of salary, pension arrears

- The sum of N19.8 billion has been released by the Osun state govt, for the settlement of salary and pension arrears owed to workers

- The money would be used for the payment of August salaries, backlog of the salaries and pensions for September to December 2015, as well as bonuses

- The payment comes on the heels of the September 22 governorship election in the state

The Osun government says it has released N19.8‎ billion for the settlement of salary and pension arrears owed all categories of workers in the state.

Bola Oyebamiji, the state commissioner for finance, announced this at a news conference on Thursday, September 13, in Osogbo, NAN reports.

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NAIJ.com gathers that Oyebamiji said the governor gave the directive following consultations with labour leaders and other stakeholders.

He explained that the money would be used for the payment of August salaries, backlog of the salaries and pensions for September to December 2015‎, in addition to leave bonuses.

The commissioner said that part of the amount was the N16.6 billion Paris Club refund received from the federal government while the additional N3 billion came from other sources.

He commended the workers for their sacrifice, resilience and unflinching support to the present administration in the state as well as their dedication to duty in the last seven years.

The government’s action comes on the heels of the September 22 governorship election in the state.

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Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that labour unions in Osun state issued a 7-day notice to the government that it would embark on strike action over the non-payment of salaries areas, pensions and gratuity.

A joint press statement between the labour unions said the strike became necessary following the failure of an earlier agreement between them and the state government in December, 2017 to generate results.

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